Why You Should Work in the Public Sector in Your 20’s

Jade Smith, July 29, 2020

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Whether you’ve just finished your A-Levels, are a recent graduate or are just looking for a change of scenery, the public sector is an excellent option to consider as you take the next step in your career path. A fifth of the country’s population works for the public sector, spread out across local and central government, as well as organisations such as the NHS. There are a number of misconceptions about what it is like to work in the public sector. However, we’re here to demonstrate why it’s the perfect career move to make in an otherwise rocky 2020 job market.



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An excellent first step on the career ladder

As a young adult, it can be difficult to decide which industries best suit your skill set. The public sector offers a massive variety of jobs all over the UK to get stuck into. Public sector employers always seek candidates trained in a variety of disciplines, including planning, IT, data analysis, finance and accounting, law, engineering, project management and even media.


Degrees also provide you with a variety of transferrable skills, which makes entry level roles and graduate schemes in the public sector just as viable an option as private sector roles. Skilled workers are always in demand in the public sector, and your qualifications can often go a lot further than you think.


If higher education isn’t for you, loads of public sector organisations have apprenticeship schemes which train you on the job. For example, GCHQ provides a cyber security programme which offers an excellent alternative to studying at university. These apprenticeships are a great way to gain experience whilst building your CV.


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A secure job with a difference

There is a misconception that public sector work can be dull. However, most public sector employees cite one of their main reasons for applying for their role as high job satisfaction. The work you do has a direct impact on the lives of the people in your community.  This is because the main focus of your organisation is to provide the best services to residents, rather than profits.


Just a snippet of the work involved in public sector roles currently on jobsgopublic.com includes issues such as the local impacts of climate change, child protection, and policy and legislation.


Moreover, the work environment is challenging and stimulating, so your work will never be boring.  For example, stakeholder management and being able to work in a fast-paced environment are skills that are often in demand.


This is with the added benefit of job security. Because your job is government backed you don’t have to rely on your organisation making large profits to be paid, and these roles are typically more resilient through economic recessions. This is a largely attractive quality of public sector work that is ideal for those of you seeking a change.


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A great benefits and pay package

Working for the public sector also brings a lot of benefits. A further misconception about the public sector is that the salary is always too low. However, research by the IFS demonstrates that on average, public sector employees earn 3% more than their private sector counterparts.


The pension schemes are renowned for being some of the best around. Around 90% of public sector employees are enrolled in a pension scheme, and employer contributions are also consistently higher than in the private sector.


Public sector organisations also offer great benefits packages. They typically include perks such as flexible working, staff discounts, childcare, and generous annual leave. They invest in their staff and often allocate a budget for training. This means that you will always have the opportunity to develop your own career.


There are loads of reasons to work in the public sector, from a diversity of job opportunities, to excellent benefits. If you are seeking the next step in your career, check out the great variety of roles on offer throughout the UK at jobsgopublic.com.